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Angel blames devil for breaking into Pinal County home

PHOENIX -- Convicted felon Angel Meza blamed the devil for setting him up on burglary charges in Arizona City.

A woman called 911 Tuesday night after walking into her bedroom to find Meza, who escaped through a back door. Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies said they chased Meza through backyards as he was trying to load a round in the chamber of the handgun he'd just stolen.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said once Meza was in custody, he said, "the devil set him up" and blamed the devil for placing the stolen handgun on him.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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